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Police commissioner candidates set for debate
9:25am Wednesday 31st October 2012 in News
SIX candidates for the role of Merseyside police commissioner will go head-to-head in a public debate tomorrow night (Thursday).
The debate comes ahead of police and Crime Commissioner Elections which will be held on November 15, 2012.
The event, at the Southport Ramada hotel, will be hosted by Granada TV political correspondent Rob McLoughlin.
Voters in St Helens, one of Merseyside Police’s six command units, will be asked to choose a commissioner for the region.
The six candidates have been confirmed as: Geoff Gubb (Conservative), Hilary Jones (UKIP), Paula Keaveney (Liberal Democrat), Jane Kennedy (Labour), Kiron Reid (Independent) and Paul Rimmer (English Democrats).
Thirty seven police and crime commissioners will be elected in England along with four in Wales.
They will be tasked with scrutinising their force and holding it to account. They will also have powers to appoint and dismiss the chief constable and set the force's budget.
Commissioners will be paid and the Conservative-led policy is aimed at empowering local people into having a say on how crime is tackled in their communities.
There are no plans for a debate or hustings event in St Helens prior to the election.